Communicating about the Internet…and (of) Things like that

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend a very stimulating evening entitled, ‘Digitally Connected’ hosted by Network Cork and IT Cork at the Clarion Hotel. It was a very informative evening which highlighted opportunities and risks associated with the exponential growth of the internet, particularly as it becomes closer and closer to our lives. […]

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Speech rate and public speaking

There is a big difference between speaking and reading…No, this isn’t as obvious a statement as it sounds, because, even though we know that speaking and reading are different activities, we can sometimes forget this when giving a presentation. Think about it, if you’re an efficient reader, how many words can you read in a minute? While […]

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Snippets from Summer Course for Teachers

I had the privilege of providing a summer course through the West Cork Education Centre, to a very enthusiastic and motivated group of teachers at the start of the month. We covered a range of topics over the week, and I thought I’d share a few snippets of information related to topics raised during the course. […]

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Freeing the Voice: Doing less to get more

When people come to see me for help with their voice, I both listen to their concerns and experiences of speaking and also observe how they use their voices across different speaking tasks. The two most common complaints are difficulty with projecting the voice, and/or vocal fatigue, i.e. the voice not lasting for the job […]

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Take a deep breath…does this help or hinder?

I was privileged to do some voice coaching sessions and run a voice workshop over the weekend with some very enthusiastic and engaging participants. It was fascinating the number of times that the topic of ‘taking a deep breath’ came up over the weekend. It got me thinking about the sorts of reasons that people are often […]

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Voice problems and teaching…an occupational hazard?

When I run courses for teachers, I ask about their knowledge of voice care and their previous experiences of voice care training. Given the demands of being a professional voice user, I’m amazed at how the general feedback is that there is a lack of training in voice care or voice projection either at university or […]

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Vocal fatigue…what it is and what you can do about it

What is vocal fatigue? Vocal fatigue is when the voice deteriorates with use. This could be after a day of teaching, an evening of singing, or after a few hours talking in a noisy environment. What causes vocal fatigue? While vocal fatigue can be a symptom of a specific  voice problem, including physical voice problems, […]

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How to lose your fear of public speaking

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      On Thursday 13th November from 10.30-11.00am, Clonakilty library will be hosting a talk by John Keating, Distinguished Toastmaster, on the 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking. Sounds like a very worthwhile and interesting talk.

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Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking….some useful tips

Some of us are natural public speakers, many more of us are not. When we’re nervous, this can affect how we speak, as we stumble over words or struggle with a weak voice. If you fall into this category, then here are a couple of tips which can help you feel more at ease, and […]

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Voice and stress

“A lump in my throat…” “Feelings getting stuck in the throat…” “Choking back the tears…” Many metaphors associated with strong feelings use words relating to our voice or throat. Our body holds and expresses emotions, and our voice in particular is connected at a basic level to our emotions. Just think how easily you can […]

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